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MIA+BSI Seeks Volunteers for 2018 Xiamen Stone Fair Delegation

Posted on 06 November 2017 by cradmin

MIA+BSI, in coordination with the China Xiamen International Stone Fair, is extending an opportunity to association members interested in volunteering their time and serving as part of the delegation to the fair. The China Xiamen International Stone Fair connects thousands of buyers, suppliers and manufacturers from around the globe.

Held March 6-9, 2018, the trip will include three nights lodging at a Xiamen Stone Fair designated hotel, a day trip study tour to visit natural stone factories, onsite ground transportation to MIA+BSI-planned activities and invitations to several VIP receptions.

MIA+BSI will also conduct several educational sessions as part of the World Stone Congress program. Space is limited and the deadline to sign up is November 30.

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Construction Begins on Two New Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. Program Homes

Posted on 04 October 2017 by cradmin

Groundbreaking ceremonies for two new homes being built through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program were held recently. U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Brandon Dodson (Ret.) and U.S. Army Captain Nick Vogt (Ret.) will receive specially adapted smart homes through this program, with natural stone products and installation.

The Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program provides specially adapted smart homes, home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to severely wounded veterans and their families. MIA+BSI members provide natural stone materials, fabrication, and installation for R.I.S.E. homes across the country. This includes both interior stonework (countertops, facades, etc.) and exterior stonework (exterior cladding, etc.).

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StoneTalk Episode 37: Aaron Dahnke

Posted on 24 August 2017 by cradmin

In episode 37 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, host Patrick Foley speaks with Aaron Dahnke of MIA+BSI – The Natural Stone Institue. The two discuss a variety of topics including all of the following:

  • Why you should attend the MIA+BSI Stone Summits
  • Comparing national events, such as StonExpo, to regional events
  • Training resources available online
  • The importance of having a presence on Facebook

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 37 – Aaron Dahnke

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MIA+BSI Releases Quartzite Technical Bulletin

Posted on 27 July 2017 by cradmin

A new technical bulletin about quartzite has been added to MIA+BSI’s Natural Stone Resource Library.



The bulletin, written by geologist and educator Karin Kirk, covers properties of quartzite, understanding the difference between quartzite and other stones, and basic diagnostic tests that can be used to determine whether or not a stone is a genuine quartzite.

To access this technical bulletin and other free technical resources, visit naturalstoneinstitute.org/resourcelibrary.

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StoneTalk Episode 35: Jim Hieb

Posted on 27 June 2017 by cradmin

In episode 35 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, Jim Hieb of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) speaks with host Patrick Foley on a multitude of subjects, including all of the following:

  • The role of associations in the countertop industry
  • How to comply with new OSHA regulations
  • Why you should create a safe workplace and how
  • The vast training library of MIA+BSI

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 35 – Jim Hieb

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MIA+BSI Continues Support of Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program

Posted on 14 June 2017 by cradmin

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Gary Sinise Foundation dedicates new smart home to wounded Marine veteran

MIA+BSI continues to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). Through this program, MIA+BSI members provide natural stone materials, fabrication and installation for specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and their families nationwide.

MIA President Jon Lancto (Big Fish Consulting) notes that this a worthwhile cause for the association: “What better cause could our organization be involved with that allows the participation of our members in distribution, fabrication, and installation?”  Judith Otter, Executive Director of the Gary Sinise Foundation feels honored to recognize the service of the veterans in the R.I.S.E program.

MIA+BSI would like to thank the following companies that have supported this initiative:

MARVA Marble & Granite, Trindco, Pyramid Marble & Granite, AG&M, Rugo Stone, Delta Granite & Marble, M S International, Dee Brown, Inc., Daltile, ROCKin’teriors, Marble Line, Arizona Tile, Pental Surfaces, Floform, Marjan Stone, Big Creek Granite, Granite Group, Florida Bath & Surfaces, Inc., Mont Granite, Distinctive Marble & Granite, Global Granite & Marble, Murphy Marble, Acorn Granite & Marble, Duracite, and TexaStone Quarries.

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MIA+BSI Launches Natural Stone Testing Lab

Posted on 05 June 2017 by cradmin

miabsi0181MIA+BSI announced the creation of a natural stone testing lab. This lab offers state-of-the-art testing and reporting capabilities for industry members who are introducing new stone, need project-specific testing, or have outdated technical data. Guide to Dimension Stone Test Specimen Sampling and Preparation, recommends that test data used for stone performance evaluation be generated within the previous three years.

 All testing is performed in-house in MIA+BSI’s lab. Testing services are available for the following: ANSI A137.1 Dynamic Coefficient of Friction Using the BOT 3000; ASTM C97 Absorption and Bulk Specific Gravity of Dimension Stone; ASTM C99 Modulus of Rupture of Dimension Stone; ASTM C170 Compressive Strength of Dimension Stone; ASTM C880 Flexural Strength of Dimension Stone; ASTM C1353 Abrasion Resistance of Dimension Stone Subjected to Foot Traffic Using a Rotary Platform; Double-Head Abraser; ASTM C1354 Strength of Individual Stone Anchorages in Dimension Stone and Freeze/Thaw Testing.

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MIA+BSI Natural Stone University Expands Spanish Courses

Posted on 02 June 2017 by cradmin

MIA+BSI Natural Stone UniversityMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute has announced the expansion of Spanish course offerings available online through the Natural Stone University. To date, Spanish versions of all Safe Slab Handling courses and the Basics of OSHA Compliance course have been uploaded. In addition, 42 Spanish Toolbox Talks are now available, covering a wide variety of safety topics.

Funding for the translation of these materials was sponsored in part by Laticrete. According to MIA+BSI Education Manager, Aaron Dahnke, the addition of these courses is crucial to helping the University reach a broader sector of the industry.

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Andrew Swinley Named 2016 Craftsman of the Year

Posted on 09 May 2017 by cradmin

Andrew Swinley, carving foreman at Red Leaf Stone in Abbottsford, British Columbia, has been named 2016 Craftsman of the Year. This award was presented to Swinley at the MIA+BSI Awards Luncheon at TISE 2017.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Swinley began his career at the age of twenty as an apprentice stone mason, where he focused almost entirely on restoration. He then pursued a degree in Figurative Sculpture from the City and Guilds Art School in London. After twenty years as a self-employed stone carver, Swinley accepted a position at Architectural Stonemasonry, a division of Red Leaf Stone.

Swinley is grateful for this award and the opportunities it will bring.

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MIA+BSI Announces Calls for Entries for Industry Awards

Posted on 08 May 2017 by cradmin

MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute announced that the entry period for several industry recognition awards is now open. MIA+BSI members may apply for the following awards. SliderImg-02

The Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award, sponsored by Polycor and TexaStone Quarries honors an individual who has performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years. The deadline for submissions for this award is Friday, June 23.

The Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the natural stone industry and the association. Submission deadline is Friday, July 7.

The Natural Stone Scholarship is sponsored by Coldspring and Delaware Quarries, Inc., this scholarship will provide a trip to TISE 2018 to an aspiring fabricator, installer, or administrative apprentice. Submission deadline is Friday, July 14.

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship recognizes an MIA+BSI member with a strong passion to grow their career. Submission deadline is Friday, August 4.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award recognizes an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable, and inspirational. Submission deadline is Friday, August 11.

More information about industry recognition awards can be found on the Natural Stone Institute’s website.

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